Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: Persuasion - Martina Boone

Martina Boone 
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island, #2
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Southern Gothic
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to Simon Pulse for the eARC I received via Edelweiss!

After reading Compulsion a while back (review here), I was anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Persuasion. Admittedly, it took me longer than I wanted to get around to reading this book, and even longer for me to write this review, but all in all, I'd say Persuasion was a solid second book in this series and definitely worth the wait!

After the events of Compulsion and a trip to San Francisco, Persuasion picks up on Barrie trying to navigate event more of the strange magic of Watson Island. While Compulsion spent a lot of time on the mystery of her ancestors and the Watson gift, Persuasion continued to expand on the history of the magic, diving more into the Beaufort gift as well as the Colesworth curse. The addition of Obadiah and his unique magic was also really great. The magical element in the plot of Compulsion is one of the things I loved the most about it, and it was great to get even more of that in Persuasion.

While the character building was really great in Compulsion, Martina Boone went even farther in Persuasion, incorporating more relationship building between all of the different characters. Barrie's relationships with Eight, Pru, Cassie, and Seven were really put up for examination in this book, showing Barrie's continued growth into this new life. Additionally, there was even more about the Beaufort and Colesworth family dynamics, which added more to the way Eight and Cassie are understood.

Overall, I'd say Persuasion is a little bit slower than Compulsion in terms of action, but it did a great deal to delve deeper into the magical history of Watson Island and set up what will happen next. Persuasion was definitely a satisfying second book in The Heirs of Watson Island series, and I can't wait to see what Martina Boone has in store for Illusion!

- Kiersten

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